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sleepinghour
02-28-2012, 03:08 AM
So yesterday I went hunting for Russian WoT covers (I'm trying to put together a collection of all foreign covers), and in the process stumbled across some Russian interviews with RJ. It seems like RJ and Harriet went to St. Petersburg in late 2000, where RJ attended a local sci-fi/fantasy con. This was right before Winter's Heart came out.

The interviews with RJ are in Russian but mostly readable through Google Translate.

1. http://www.fantlab.ru/article40 - RJ on his early life, fantasy ("If you want to write fantasy - go see a psychiatrist!"), and writing in general. He mentions wanting to write a book about the Vietnam War and publishing it under his real name.

2. http://www.fantlab.ru/article46 - RJ talks about warfare and world history.

Lois McMaster Bujold was also a guest at the same con and wrote a lengthy trip report (http://baencd.freedoors.org/Discs/Baen%2024/Travel%20Memoirs/Russian%20Impressions.doc) where she briefly mentions going sightseeing with RJ and Harriet and doing signings together. I found it a bit TL;DR, but it was the only English report of the event I could find and provided some background information on the con.

HeChengWei
03-07-2012, 03:08 PM
Per Terez's twitter request I got two of my friends (one a raving fan of the WoT the other that has yet to finish the series) to do translations for these two interview transcripts.

So yesterday I went hunting for Russian WoT covers (I'm trying to put together a collection of all foreign covers), and in the process stumbled across some Russian interviews with RJ. It seems like RJ and Harriet went to St. Petersburg in late 2000, where RJ attended a local sci-fi/fantasy con. This was right before Winter's Heart came out.

The interviews with RJ are in Russian but mostly readable through Google Translate.

1. http://www.fantlab.ru/article40 - RJ on his early life, fantasy ("If you want to write fantasy - go see a psychiatrist!"), and writing in general. He mentions wanting to write a book about the Vietnam War and publishing it under his real name.

2. http://www.fantlab.ru/article46 - RJ talks about warfare and world history.


Hopefully these translations go above and beyond the Google translator's capabilities. Here they are.

1. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fYjYr0Nr2AXHYGbqwqjvrwhtUrwX32BNknZwDOnOO2A/edit

2. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K_2mFpHGKBDyLD1qM8m4pk5LqXT1Y0RfOylRbulUGTM/edit

Terez
03-07-2012, 03:15 PM
Per Terez's twitter request I got two of my friends (one a raving fan of the WoT the other that has yet to finish the series) to do translations for these two interview transcripts.

Hopefully these translations go above and beyond the Google translator's capabilities. Here they are.

1. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fYjYr0Nr2AXHYGbqwqjvrwhtUrwX32BNknZwDOnOO2A/edit

2. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K_2mFpHGKBDyLD1qM8m4pk5LqXT1Y0RfOylRbulUGTM/edit
Thank you so much! And thanks to your friends, too, of course. I'll put these in the database later today. :) For now, have rep.

sleepinghour
03-07-2012, 04:01 PM
Thanks for the translations! They were both interesting reads, especially the first one.
The plot, of course, is undergoing changes to the original plan, so sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice some things.
I've heard this before and always wondered what RJ ended up scrapping/changing from the original plan. Maybe Brandon will be able to tell us after AMoL.

Terez
03-18-2012, 04:36 PM
Sleepinghour, can you give us the page where you originally found that link to the report file?

sleepinghour
03-18-2012, 05:40 PM
Sleepinghour, can you give us the page where you originally found that link to the report file?

The Bujold report? It was just something that came up in the Google search results, but it seems to be listed on this page (http://baencd.freedoors.org/Discs/Baen%2024/) (on the left side under Travel Memoirs). There's also a html version (http://www.dendarii.com/impressions.html) of the report at LMB's own website.

Terez
03-18-2012, 05:53 PM
Ahh, pure gold on the HTML. Thanks!